Montana Outdoors

November 5, 2016

Cabin Lake

Yesterday a friend and I hiked to Cabin Lake, one of the many cirque lakes in the Cube Iron/Silcox roadless area in the Plains/Thompson Falls District of the Lolo National Forest here in western Montana. Following are photos of the trail and, of course, the lake itself which sits at about 6,000 feet.

Cabin Lake 1

The destination, Cabin Lake

Road to the trail head 2

In several places along the road to the trail head, which follows the west fork of Thompson River, it was necessary to build retaining walls to keep the rock slides from covering the road.

Cabin Lake trail 3

At the trail head, this bridge for foot and horse traffic spans the stream that issues from the lake. It is very welcome because the stream would be very difficult to ford.

Cabin Lake trail4 4

Along the bottom part of the trail it is covered by the golden leaves of Black cottonwoods; the “Yellow brick road”.

Cabin Lake trail 5

Cabin Lake trail 6

Cabin Lake trail 7

A smaller stream which is fortunately fordable without going over the top of hiking boots crosses the trail.

Cabin Lake trail 8

The lake sits in a glacier-formed recession just above and to the right of the cliffs in the background.

Cabin Lake trail 9

Cabin Lake trail 10

Cabin Lake trail 11

Cabin Lake trail 12

From the middle part of the trail you can see the mountainside that slopes down to the trail head.

Cabin Lake trail 13

The trail tops out in a saddle, then descends down to the lake which sits just below the peak in the distance.

Cabin Lake 14

This and the remaining photos are of the lake itself.

Cabin Lake 15

Cabin Lake 16

Cabin Lake

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October 24, 2015

A visit to Mount Headley

Every year of so I hike up the trail to Mount Headley because of the beauty of the mountain and the surrounding country. It was the site of one of the first fire lookouts in Montana and sits at 7400 feet where it looks over many miles of forest in all directions. The four mile trail is rather gentle and it spreads the climb of 1400 feet evenly over its entire length. As a bonus, a short side trail at about the first mile point lets the hiker stand on a sheer, rocky cliff about 500 feet over the south end of a small cirque lake called Image Lake. I will never forget one morning a few years ago when I stood there watching the sun rise and listening to a wolf pack howling on the trail above me and down beside the lake. Mount Headley is an old friend.(The following photos were taken on October 15, 2015)

Mt Headley

Image Lake

Image Lake

From Mt Headley

From Mt Headley

From Mt Headley

From Mt Headley

From Mt Headley

From Mt Headley

From Mt Headley

Mt Headley

From Mt Headley

From Mt Headley

Mt Headley

Mt Headley

From Mt Headley

Mt Headley trail

October 15, 2015

Mount Headley about noon

Mount Headley

Too tired to post more of today’s hike tonight.

September 18, 2014

Terrace Lake (2)

     Terrace Lake sits about due north of one of my favorite places, Mount Headley in the Cube Iron – Silcox Roadless Area, but it is not approachable from that direction, instead, the trail head to the lake is at the end of the West Fork of Fishtrap Creek road: well, not at the very end, but believe me you don’t want to drive on that road any further. At the present time, the trail does not show on any map and the trail sign is missing. Other than that, it’s a cinch to find.
The trail itself was renovated about four years ago and it is the very best trail that I have ever seen. Those who worked on it really knew what they were doing! It winds and climbs about a thousand feet through beautiful forest for about 2 miles to the lake which, …well, I’ll let the photos say the rest.

     About half of the following photos are of the trail itself and the balance are of the lake.

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

September 15, 2014

Terrace Lake

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, northwestern Montana

Terrace Lake in the Cube Iron – Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

January 19, 2014

Off line for awhile.

Filed under: Cube Iron - Silcox roadless area — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:51 pm

Mount Headley

I will be away from the computer for awhile; don’t know how long just yet. Will try to catch up with everybody when I return! (The photo doesn’t have anything to do with it, just one of my favorite places that I love to think about.)

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